Spurs lose at West Ham, all but guarantee Chelsea title

But Manuel Lanzini's second-half goal left Tottenham's title hopes in tatters as Chelsea will now clinch the title if they win two of their last four games.

It is a painful prospect for a Tottenham side that had won their previous nine league games to spark dreams of a first title since 1961.

Conte hadn't planned to watch Tottenham's fate, preferring to go out for dinner with his wife and daughter, but if he was checking for updates from Stratford his dessert would have tasted even sweeter.

"To win a league or a trophy is about key moments", said Pochettino.

"It's disappointing really because we were on a fantastic run and we didn't think it was going to stop".

The result leaves Pochettino's side four points off the top spot with just three games left to play. We lose because we concede and it was hard to come back into the game.

Last season, Spurs had travelled to Upton Park needing a victory to take them above Leicester in the final weeks of the season but found a Hammers team which raised their game for the occasion - and it was an nearly a carbon copy of those proceedings a year later.

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It should also take the heat off of manager Slaven Bilic whose position has come under pressure this season despite steering West Ham to seventh previous year. They have also played on extra match. It's not about playing well or running around more or less, it's about when you must win, you win.

"We try to move on and finish the season in the best way, still fighting, but now it's true, it's more hard".

Tottenham faltered in their quest to catch Chelsea as they suffered a surprise defeat to West Ham.

And Pochettino conceded his players came up short when they most needed to show they could cope under duress.

Eric Dier knows Tottenham must quickly put their title disappointment behind them to avoid a repeat of last season's capitulation. Second half we started a little bit sloppy and we conceded a little bit more space.

"Slaven Bilic has my full backing".

"We deserved to win", said Bilic. But he insisted: "To finish second would be success for Tottenham, fighting for the title and close to the leaders for a second year in a row".

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